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Freedman Fellows Student Program

The application period for the 2019-2020 Freedman Fellows Student cohort is now open until September 15, 2019! 

The Walter Freedman and Karen Harrison Freedman Student Fellowships give undergraduate and graduate students funding to complete targeted digital projects.

Students can partake in one of two opportunities:

Internship Track: 

The fellow for the 2019-2020 Internship track supports one student to work in the Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship and the University Archives on a library-initiated digital project commemorating the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage.

The potential themes for the project might include: 1) political activism among CWRU students; 2) campus protests and demonstrations; 3) student newspaper reporting on women's suffrage; 4) CWRU faculty involvement in the movement; and 5) tensions between CWRU students and university administration .

Over the course of the 2019-2020 academic year, the student fellow will: 1) research materials in the University Archives; 2) identify and select valuable articles, excerpts, images, and content; 3) work with the Digital Learning & Scholarship Team to digitize the selected materials; assemble the selected materials to build a narrative on women's suffrage at CWRU.  The digital exhibit will be hosted in CWRU's Digital Case repository using the Islandora platform.  

Students in the internship track will be paid $15 per hour, and will work 5-10 hours per week. Students may additionally be asked to sit in on or contribute to Digital Learning and Scholarship team meetings regarding their projects. 

To provide adequate support, guidance, and accountability, applicants must identify a CWRU faculty member who will serve as an advisor for the student.

Questions about the Internship track may be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Digital Learning & Scholarship ( 

Applications to participate in the program are due by September 15, 2019.

Grant track

Students independently proposes and completes a digital project. Offered as general guidance, examples of acceptable digital projects for the grant track might include:

  • The creation of a digital edition of a literary work with TEI
  • The use of GIS to assess spatial changes related to the student’s area of research
  • The construction of a database of texts, images, or audio recordings for analysis and visualization

For the 2018-2019 grant track, proposals can reach up to $2000.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their projects with Kelvin Smith's Digital Learning and Scholarship Team prior to submitting an application. Questions or requests to discuss projects for the grant track can be sent to Charlie Harper, Digital Learning and Scholarship Librarian ( Questions relating to the internship track can be sent to Mark Clemente, Scholarly Communications Librarian (

Applications are open until September 15, 2019. Apply for the grant track or for the internship track.